{ARC} Mini-Book Reviews: Wacky Families (4, 6, 7, 8) by Jackie French

March 5, 2016 Review 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Mini-Book Reviews: Wacky Families (4, 6, 7, 8) by Jackie FrenchWacky Families (4, 6, 7, 8) by Jackie French
Series: Wacky Families #4, , ,
Published by HarperCollins on 2015 February 3
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 512
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Edelweiss
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There's no such thing as a normal family! But some are wackier than others... Have fun with Uncle Gus The Garden Gnome as he navigates his place in the Wacky World. And what about partying together with the mysterious Auntie Chook? Of course, if you're more of a jungle type person, why don't you hang out with Gran The Gorilla and the rest of Tarzan and Mary Jane's kids? I know, right? But if these adventures are still lacking, there's always the North Pole where you can visit Santa's Factory with Pa The Polar Bear?



I’m going to bonk anyone in the head who says that MG books are boring. My Uncle Gus, The Garden Gnome is a heartwarming tale about a boy, Leo, who has a crush on a ghost named Fra.  And he’s really trying his best to make Fra’s ghostly life interesting.  But the trouble is, Grizella, a beautiful witch and Leo’s classmate, is sort of crazy about him.  So when Leo turned down her dance invitation, Leo’s life has suddenly gone to the dogs.  See? Middle grade books are even crazier than YA and Adult books.

So with Leo’s life going downhill, you might think that he’s doomed but things actually went for the better.  Leo and the circumstance that he was in helped the people around him to find happiness in the littlest of things.

MY GRAN, THE GORILLA (Wacky Families #6)


When I picked up this book, I didn’t expect that it’s going to be a Tarzan retelling.  So it was really a lovely surprise that after reaching three pages into Chapter 1, the details became clear.  Tarzan Junior a.k.a TJ, is Tarzan and Jane’s 5th child and only son, and well, he has a gorilla for a grandmother.  Compared to the last Tarzan retelling that I’ve read two years ago, this version was more entertaining and definitely quirky.  And as with the other Wacky Family books, the illustrations were very funny and for sure, the kids would love them.

Even though My Gran A Gorilla is a middle grade book, the adults can still relate to it and the lessons that it tries to impart.


(Wacky Families #7)


If I had been twenty years younger, I would have enjoyed My Auntie Chook, The Vampire Chicken immensely. As the name of the series suggests, it’s definitely wacky. With a straightforward story telling, My Auntie Chook, The Vampire Chicken brings us a story of a young vampire named Drackie who went into a quest—with his cousin, Snot, and outcast Aunt, Chook—to find his missing toad.  Crazy stuff ensues and Drackie realized the importance of standing by your choices/decisions despite the odds.

Pleasant and quirky, My Auntie Chook certainly made for a good read to pass the time.

MY PA, THE POLAR BEAR (Wacky Families #8)


Polar bears are really cute. There was a time that I dreamed of being a polar bear and live in the North Pole so it wasn’t a surprise that at some point in the story of My Pa, The Polar Bear, I felt envious of Fuzz. Well, Fuzz is actually a human boy who has to dress up like a polar bear due to his family’s zoo business.

Fuzz hated masquerading as a Polar Bear so you can imagine the fun when he grudgingly went to the North Pole to accompany his grandfather who is obsessed with polar bears.  Everything in the story just snowballed after that with Fuzz finally realizing the value of Polar bears not only to humans but also to biodiversity and the environment in general.

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